9 days in Belgium & Luxembourg Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at René Magritte Museum and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Atomium, make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

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Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are little chillier, around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Luxembourg City.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Sat), make a trip to Casemates du Bock, explore the different monuments and memorials at Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pfaffenthal Lift / Aufzug/ Scenic lift.

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Getting from Brussels to Luxembourg City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Luxembourg City can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Bastogne.
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Bastogne, Belgium — 1 night

Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II. Over seven decades later, the town's daily life remains deeply linked to this dramatic episode in wartime history.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): learn about all things military at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne, then brush up on your military savvy at Bastogne War Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Mardasson Memorial.

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Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Bastogne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Step off the beaten path and head to Torture Museum Oude Steen and St Bonifacius Bridge. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, contemplate the long history of Oude Civiele Griffie, and admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis.

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You can drive from Bastogne to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Bruges, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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Luxembourg travel guide

4.3
Castles · Landmarks · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.
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